Wed, 30 Jun 2010

Pangkalpinang, Bangka-Belitung (ANTARA News) - The Pangkalpinang city administration in Bangka-Belitung (Babel) province plans to develop wind and solar energy to overcome a local electricity crisis.

"We have made a plan with a Japanese scientist to develop wind and solar energy potentials here in our effort to overcome the power crisis in the city," Pangkalpinang Mayor Zulkarnain Karim said here on Saturday.

The mayor expressed optimism that the alternative wind and solar energy was fit to be developed in Pangkalpinang city, but it needed serious cooperation with private parties who are really expert in that field.

"The wind and solar energy after being developed here, will be used for street lights of which many have gone out because of electricity crisis," Zulkarnain said.

He expressed hope that the wind and solar alternative energy would be able to overcome power crisis being faced by Pangkalpinang branch of state electricity company PT PLN.

"The energy crisis here will remain a serious concern of the local government and therefore we have to seek out its best possible solution," Zulkarnain said.

But he added that the solution could not be made only by seminars on alternative energy with domestic and foreign experts, but also by expanding cooperation with a number of developed countries.

"Investors intending to invest in electricity sector here will think twice if power crisis continues to happen. Therefore we plan to find the best possible solution by making Pangkalpinang a trade and industrial city in Bangka-Belitung province," Zulkarnaen said.